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Childhood DeployedRemaking Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone$
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Susan Shepler

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814724965

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814724965.001.0001

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Informal Reintegrators, Communities, and NGOs

Informal Reintegrators, Communities, and NGOs

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Childhood Deployed

Susan Shepler

NYU Press

This chapter examines the different trajectories of so-called formal and informal reintegrators to further understand how communities organize “reintegration” in the absence of NGO programs. Although the so-called formal reintegrators have better access to various benefits, they must be “out” to their communities as former combatants. This means they cannot use the strategy of secrecy to ease their reintegration and that they sometimes become the target of community anger. So-called informal reintegrators lose out on some benefits, but in general they more easily blend back into their communities than formal reintegrators do. Many child ex-combatants bypassed the institutions designed for them and simply went home on their own. The child protection NGOs called this “spontaneous” or “informal” reintegration, a sort of residual category for all the children affected by war not participating in NGO activities.

Keywords:   formal reintegrators, informal reintegrators, spontaneous reintegrators, NGO programs, reintegration, child protection

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